While an effort to enact an abortion heartbeat bill failed last week, anti-abortion lawmakers have refocused their efforts to enact a "trigger" bill that would ban abortions in Tennessee should the Supreme Court alter or overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
What has been labeled "The Fetal Heartbeat Bill" passed the House in the Tennessee General Assembly but was later moved to "Study" this summer by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
RELEASE FROM TN RIGHT TO LIFE: Tennessee Right to Life respectfully underscores the concerns of our organization with regard to H.B. 77, the heartbeat abortion ban legislation.
A bill banning most abortions once a heartbeat is detected has cleared a key hurdle in the Tennessee Legislature.
The "Human Life Protection Act" is going to get a lot of attention in the halls of the state legislature
On Wednesday (02/13/2019), pro-life female legislators introduced legislation supported by Tennessee Right to Life that, upon reversal of Roe v Wade, would restore full legal protections for unborn children.
Gov. Bill Lee says he supports banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) received an endorsement from the Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) in the 49th District State House Race.
In a victory for opponents of abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a case that has made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee.
"Americans United for Life congratulates Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Based on his strong, twelve-year record on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, we believe that Judge Kavanaugh..."
The theme for this year is "A Healthy and Free Tennessee in 2018 and Beyond: Building Collective Power," and the sessions include base building, campaigns, passing local legislation, and rural organizing.
The state's leading pro-life organization celebrated passage of its priority legislation during a ceremonial bill signing by Governor Bill Haslam today at Legislative Plaza.
A pro-abortion organization in Memphis is making its way to Middle Tennessee to speak out for abortion.
The Tennessee attorney general's office says it would defend an amended abortion bill in court if it becomes law, despite previously calling its key requirements "constitutionally suspect."
"Due to a state level lawsuit, two abortion restrictions struck down federally will no longer be enforced in Tennessee..."
Prior to Celina Barbour giving birth to Brooklyn, doctors told her that she should terminate the pregnancy. Barbour said that was not an option for her...
Tennessee voters dislike Obamacare and want it repealed, but not until they've seen details of a replacement plan, the latest MTSU Poll shows.
One of the latest bills to pass the senate this year was a bill dealing with abortions.
This resolution of disapproval overturns former President Obama's Title X abortion funding rule, which stripped states of the power to decide how their federal health care funds could be used.
On January 9, 2017 Anna Yocca of Murfreesboro pleaded guilty to attempted procurement of a miscarriage, a class E Felony, in exchange for her immediate release from jail.
A Murfreesboro woman accused of trying to abort her unborn child at six months of pregnancy with a coat hanger is now facing a lesser charge than the original count of attempted first-degree murder.
A discussion of abortion through a Genocide Awareness Project has led to students demonstrating against it at Middle Tennessee State University.
A federal judge has ordered a recount of votes on a 2014 amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that made it easier to put restrictions on abortion.
Legislation banning the sale of fetal remains by abortion providers in Tennessee passed the state House overwhelmingly by a vote of 79-9.
Abortion rights supporters want a federal judge to toss out a 2014 constitutional amendment that made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee.
The Senior Field Coordinator for Planned Parenthood in Middle Tennessee stated, "The Tennessee Stories Project rejects the premise that abortion is morally wrong or socially unacceptable and is working to promote a culture of compassion in Tennessee."
A woman accused of trying to abort her unborn child at six months with a coat hanger is likely to face a lesser charge than attempted first-degree murder.
The sponsor of a bill seeking to require ultrasound information to be shared with pregnant women seeking an abortion in Tennessee has withdrawn the measure from consideration.
Asked whether they thought abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases...
The fetal assault law was passed in 2014 in Tennessee. It allows mothers of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) to be charged with "Fetal Assault."
"We are facing so many challenges that need the attention of state leaders...."
Public Defender Gerald Melton is preparing to request a mental evaluation for a woman accused of trying to perform a home abortion at six months with a coat hanger.
Allison Glass, Healthy and Free TN president, released a statement on the arrest of Anna Yocca of Murfreesboro, TN on charges of attempted first-degree murder for attempting to induce an abortion.
Most Tennessee voters remain opposed to letting gay couples marry legally, according to the first MTSU Poll taken since this summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right.
The lawmakers want to see a "chain of custody" that follows the aborted fetus until it is disposed of.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement on today's planned meeting on Planned Parenthood:
"Under this legislation, federal taxpayer dollars now spent at four Planned Parenthood centers in Tennessee would be spent instead at 173 Tennessee community health centers that provide services for women's health..."
Non-profit organization sends out press release to media on their support of the introduction of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act.
Responding to Monday's signing by Governor Bill Haslam of legislation requiring informed consent and waiting period provisions, the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization expressed appreciation to the state's voters and elected officials.
"Tennessee Right to Life is grateful to our public officials for fulfilling their commitment to the people of Tennessee and restoring these common sense protections to protect the health and safety of women and girls," stated Brian Harris.
"The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 586 on Tuesday, which would expand the Pregnancy Criminalization Act. Enacted last year, this law throws pregnant women..."
The House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to hear a bill that expands the Pregnancy Criminalization Act.
A local state representative's bill requiring ultrasound images be shown or described to women seeking abortions has been withdrawn. The House Health subcommittee was ready to send Representative Rick Womick's bill to a study committee for the summer.
One senator plans to push forward with an amendment that would enact mandatory counseling called "informed consent" and she has proposed a 48-hour waiting period between the time a woman seeks an abortion and when she can go through with the procedure.
"One of the bills that may be up for consideration would force anyone seeking abortion care to undergo an ultrasound even if it is not medically indicated. Another requires doctors and clinics providing abortion to go through a special set of licensing requirements..."
A close vote may be in store for Tennessee's proposed constitutional amendment on abortion, according to the latest statewide MTSU Poll.
Supporters of Amendment 1 held a press conference on Monday outside a Nashville abortion facility which is neither licensed nor inspected by the Tennessee Department of Health.
The following may be attributed to Dr. C. Brent Boles, a Murfreesboro obstetrician/gynecologist who is supporting passage of Amendment 1.
In a few weeks, Tennessee voters will decide on a controversial abortion amendment. Known as "Amendment #1," a "yes" vote would alter the state constitution and allow state lawmakers to enact tighter restrictions on abortions in Tennessee. A "no" vote would maintain the status quo.
"1 of every 4 abortions in our state is performed on a woman or girl from someplace else," said Steffes. "We even lack the legal basis for licensing and inspecting facilities where abortions are performed..."
Tennessee is an abortion destination state and this November, multiple residents in Rutherford County and beyond are working together to change that.
Newly released data on abortions in Tennessee reveal a steady decline in the number of abortions performed over the past decade and a steady increase in the percentage of out-of-state women heading to Tennessee for the procedure.
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